The Minnesota Twins have a pretty solid contingent of young players looking to make an impact at Target Field next year. If the Twins are going to turn things around in 2015, it will be a large group of the players making an appearance in the Arizona Fall League this year that are to blame. Today, the Minnesota Twins announced the players that would be on a roster.
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As the Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press has reported, there is a handful of young players headed to Arizona this offseason. Playing for the Salt River Rafters will be pitchers Jason Adam, Mason Melotakis, and Taylor Rogers. For hitters, it will be Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, and Eddie Rosario.
Adam is the pitcher that the Twins received in return for sending Josh Willingham across the division to the Kansas City Royals. Currently he is pitching for Double-A New Britain and stretching out as a starter for the Twins.
Byron Buxton is an obvious name, and will look for key at bats to springboard him into a successful 2015 that should have him manning center field in Minneapolis sometime throughout the year. For Kepler and Rosario, the Arizona Fall League will be another opportunity to continue with their development.
Kepler is an intriguing prospect for the Twins in the outfield while Rosario is still working to return to his pre-suspension form.
Look for the Minnesota Twins participants on the Salt River squad to show up throughout the box score. With one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball, as well as sending some highly regarded prospects, a few of those names should be expected to participate in the Arizona Fall League All Star Game.
Check out the full Salt River Rafters roster courtesy of MLB.com.